Denver, September 2
Four individuals arrested for curfew violations whereas protesting the taking pictures of a Black man by a white policeman in Kenosha, Wisconsin sued town and county governments on Tuesday, claiming they had been denied free speech rights assured by the US Constitution.
The plaintiffs argue that greater than 150 individuals protesting the taking pictures have been taken into custody whereas pro-police demonstrators have been allowed to freely take to the streets, based on the lawsuit filed in federal court docket for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
“In Kenosha, there are two sets of laws – one that applies to those who protest police brutality and racism, and another for those who support the police,” the plaintiffs argue of their grievance, which seeks a brief restraining order till the litigation could be heard in court docket.
Reuters couldn’t attain metropolis and county officers for remark after enterprise hours.
Kenosha has been the scene of generally violent protests after video footage surfaced exhibiting a police officer taking pictures Jacob Blake, 29, a number of instances within the again.
Blake was left paralysed from the waist down and the officer, Rusten Sheskey, was positioned on administrative go away throughout an investigation.
The protesters declare of their lawsuit that police had been utilizing the curfew to stop them from participating in constitutionally protected exercise.
The plaintiffs additionally say police are selectively imposing the curfew by not arresting pro-police demonstrators, a violation of equal safety beneath the regulation assured by the structure.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified financial damages, was filed on the identical day that US President Donald Trump visited Kenosha over the objections of some native officers. Reuters